Ronald Foster Day

ronald day

December 6, 1936 ~ September 3, 2017

Resided in: Palos Verdes Estates, California

Ronald F. Day, an 80-year resident of the South Bay, passed away on September 3, 2017 at his home in Palos Verdes Estates. Born in Torrance, CA, Ron was 80 years old when he died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1954 and attended Stanford University and University of Redlands. He married the love of his life, Norma, in 1957 and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with all of their children and grandchildren. Ron achieved his goal of never fully retiring. He worked nearly six decades in the White & Day Mortuary family business, following in his father’s footsteps. The flagpole on the corner of Prospect Ave. and Torrance Blvd. was recently dedicated in his honor, recognizing his years of committed personal service to the families and community of the South Bay. Ron dedicated many years of volunteer service to the South Bay community. He served as president of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, Redondo Beach Jaycees, Redondo-Riviera Rotary Club, South Bay Hospital Board of Directors, Redondo Beach Round Table, South Bay YMCA and South Bay Cancer Foundation. He served as Chairman and as Treasurer of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Redondo and was Chairman of the Capital Campaign to build the new Redondo Beach Salvation Army building. He served on the original bank board of Bay Cities National Bank and also as a board member of Opus Bank. He served professionally on the board of the L.A. County Funeral Directors Association and as President of the California Funeral Directors Association. He was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach and sang in the church choir for decades. Ron received many distinguished awards over the years. His most treasured include the Salvation Army’s Others Award, the Young Man and the Man of the Year Awards from the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA Golden Book of Distinguished Service Award. Ron is survived by his wife and soulmate of 60 years, Norma; his children Mindy (John) Kirk of Redondo Beach, John (Claudia) Day of Santa Barbara, Annette (Scott) Godfrey of Poway; his sister Pam Day of Lake Arrowhead; and sister-in-law Cheryl Day of Arroyo Grande. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Christopher, Lauren, and Brian Kirk; Ashley, Julie, Emily, and Andrew Day; and Ryan (Kyra), Samuel, and Jill Godfrey. He was preceded in death by his brother Larry Day. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 6:30pm-9pm at the Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions, White & Day Center in Redondo Beach. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church, 243 S. Broadway Ave., Redondo Beach. For those who wish, contributions may be made in Ron’s name to the memorial fund at the Church or the Salvation Army Redondo Beach Corps, 125 Beryl St., Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Please use this website to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. I have nothing but warm and thankful thoughts of Ron Day. May God bless and comfort Mrs. Day and the entire family. Psalm 23

  2. To the entire Day Family, Janet and I were saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He has been a friend and professional contact for many, many years. There are never the right words for a situation like this. While it is impossible to experience your grief please be assured we share in your sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the service due to being out of town but will have you all in my thoughts. Sincerely, Gary & Janet Wiley, Retired Redondo Beach Police Lieutenant and his Commander

  3. Our love and sincerest sympathy to Norma and the Day family. Ron was a special person and it was a privilege to know and serve with him in CFDA.

  4. Our deepest condolences to the White & Day Family. The White & Day / Rice Family of Mortuaries have always embraced the great tradition of offering some of the best care to the public because of the legacy Ronald left behind. Rest in Peace.

  5. We were sad to hear about Ron`s passing. Our association with Ron and the White and Day family was one of the highlights of our business as Tribute Services. May God bless and comfort all of you.

  6. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. ~Author unknown I was so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. He was a consummate professional that many of us in funeral service tried to emulate. He will be sorely missed. May God’s rich blessings be with you and your entire family.

  7. Lori and I were saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. He was always had a smilie and a warm handshake. A professional who lead our profession and adapted to the times. Ron will be fondly remembered by those who knew him. To Ron’s family, thank you for sharing him with all of us. Our condolence to your lovely family.

  8. I will never forget the kindness, care and concern that Ron always showed towards all of us. He exemplified class, elegance and greatness. My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to Mindy, John, and your entire family!

  9. There was no finer man than Ron Day. I had the privilege of working for him for over a decade as he was a director of Bay Cities National Bank. He exemplified integrity, kindness, and a true depth of character. I was always inspired and encouraged by him. My condolences are sent to Norma and to the rest of his family. We will miss Ron, but know he is smiling down at us.

  10. Condolences from the Jerry and Tammy Struthers Family. Ron is a great person and I consider him the greatest employer and Funeral Director I’ve been privileged to know. Prayers being said for you and your family, Norma. God Bless.

  11. One of the key leaders who helped build the Torrance-South Bay YMCA to its great success…but more importantly, a fine man who always had a cheerful, positive and uplifting outlook. So glad I had the opportunity to know and work with him.

  12. Mindy and John, The Bunker’s send their love and prayers and support at this sensitive time. He and your family have helped so many and we hope you will feel the support of all of your friends and community.

  13. Mindy and John, Sending hugs to you and the entire family. Your father was a remarkable man, with a heart of gold and he will always be remembered for the kindness and joy he spread throughout his life. Jill and Richard Will and Justin Ottinger

  14. I have wonderful memories of Ron Day. He let me tag along on a plane ride many years ago with his family to visit my brother and family in Spokane, Washington and was very kind to me. I have fond memories of the entire Day family – I wish all of you the best at this difficult time. My love, Mrs. Day.

  15. I’m addressing this to you in the first person Ron because in the place where you are now I believe you have abilities and powers beyond those of us still earth-bound. It would not surprise me in the least if you can see and hear all of these fine testimonies to your sterling character and exemplary life. It was a distinct pleasure to have worked for you and to have observed you deal with the thorniest of issues using compassion, professional skill and your famous sense of humor that you crafted and honed over the years. I think that you must have God’s ear now Ron and all of those who love and respect you would want you to whisper to Him how much they desire to see you and to be with you again… when the time is right. Godspeed!

  16. Dear Day Family, We are long time neighbors and remember our kids playing, dodge ball, kick the can, and assorted events in our circle of neighborhood life. Our condolences to Norma and the family from the Daniels Family. May Ron rest in peace. Love, Harv, Ruth Scott and Kim

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